After a lengthy introduction aimed at convincing the yoga skeptic that yoga is not something weird or foreign or scary, but is in fact totally hip and chill, Ms. Stiles lays out 50 short 3-5 pose sequences which are apparently designed, if not to cure, to at least address the discomfort of 50 common contemporary complaints.
"Cures" range from postural remedies for obesity and arthritis to acne and ADD. Beyond physical ailments and body image complaints, Stiles meets personality disorders head on with the "Party Pooper" sequence, the "Procrastination" sequence and the "Chill the *&@# Out" sequence, just to name a few.
Are these petite sequences "cures?" Absolutely not. Do I forgive Ms. Stiles for this indiscretion? Yes, I do. Everybody's gotta make a buck. And, as much as the overcompensatory use of slangy, non-threatening language irritates me, I can't help but feel that the more people exposed to the practice of yoga, the better for all of us.
Would I buy this book? Absolutely not. But am I glad that Yoga Cures might plant the idea of yoga as therapy in the consciousness of a larger chunk of this suffering society? Yeah. I am.